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Organising the funeral

Information to help you to organise a funeral.


Funerals can be expensive. So remember to check where the money for the funeral will come from before making any arrangements. The deceased may have a pre-paid funeral plan. However, if the deceased does not have sufficient money in their estate to cover the cost of the funeral, the person organizing the funeral will have to pay. If you are getting certain social security benefits you may be able to get a payment from the social fund to help pay for the funeral (please telephone 0845 6000 345 for advice).

If no one is able or willing to arrange and pay for the funeral, the local council, or in some cases the health authority may do so. Contact your local Social Security Office for more information.

If you elect to use the services for a funeral director, it would be advisable to obtain more than one quote to compare costs and services. A ‘basic simple funeral’ will include a coffin, a hearse and one car. It will not include things like church or crematorium fees, flowers or newspaper notices. Check when the bill will have to be paid.


A funeral may be organized with or without the help of a funeral director and the deceased may be buried or cremated. In some cases, the funeral may have been planned in advance. There are many different types of funeral and it may be useful to know that:
• The ceremony can reflect any religious beliefs or multi-cultural traditions
• The ceremony does not have to be held in a licensed building
• The burial could be on private land as long as there is nothing on the deeds restricting the use of the property
• The ceremony can be personalized through music, readings, individual contributions and should reflect the wishes of family and friends, or the deceased if arrangements have been pre-prepared

Using a funeral director

The majority of people choose to use a professional funeral director. This can ensure the remains of the deceased are dealt within a dignified way. Your funeral director can advise you about the options available to you.

Choosing a funeral director

Friends, family, clergy or your doctor may be able to recommend local funeral directors.

Most local companies are also listed in the telephone directory and are members of one of two trade association:

  • National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD)
  • Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF)

Member firms must provide you with a price list on request and cannot exceed any written estimate they give you without permission.

  • Funeral directors

    Please see below a list of local funeral directors. If your name is missing from the list, please contact the Superintendent Registrar at the Registry Office in Llangefni.

Contact Registrar Service

Registration Office
Shire Hall
LL77 7TW

Holyhead Office:
Tel: (01407) 761102
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Opening hours
Wednesday: 9:30am. - 4pm (J.EO’Toole Centre)
Llangefni Office
Births and deaths: 01248 751925
Marriages: 01248 751926 / 01248 751927
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Opening hours
Monday: 9:30am - 4pm
Tuesday: 9:30am - 4pm
Wednesday: 9:30am - 4pm
Thursday: 9:30am - 4pm
Friday: 9:30am - 4pm

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